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September 2015′s Best Big Data, SysAdmin, Start Up, & Tech Content


The new iPhone is here! And you can get it in rose gold! If you didn’t get caught up in iPhone-mania, there was also a kid getting arrested for bringing a clock he built to school. But don’t worry, he got to go to the White House instead. School has started back up, football is taking over many American’s weekends, and the leaves are beginning to change colors. What else did you miss? Take a look back at our favorite articles from September, and if you enjoy this month’s collection of what we found most interesting, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on what’s happening in the industry.

Big Data

13 more big data & analytics companies to watch

So many big data and analytics-focused startups are getting funding these days that I’ve been inspired to compile a second slideshow highlighting these Companies. This new batch has reined in some $250 million this year as they seek to help organizations make sense of the seemingly endless pool of data going online.

The Website That Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World

The data from mobile phones is revolutionizing our understanding of human activity. In recent years, it has revealed commuting patterns in major cities, wealth distribution in African countries, and even reproductive strategies in western societies. That has provided unprecedented insight for economists, sociologists, and city planners among others.

Even the FBI is worried about Internet of Things security

Amidst all the excitement about the possible benefits of the Internet of Things, a slew of warnings have been sounded by IT pros, vendors and analysts about looming Security threats. Now you can add the FBI to that list of those cautioning enthusiasts.

Gartner Survey Shows More Than 75 Percent of Companies Are Investing or Planning to Invest in Big Data in the Next Two Years

Investment in big data continues to increase in 2015, but not as rapidly as in previous years. More than three-quarters of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years, a three percent increase over 2014, according to a recent survey of IT and business leaders by Gartner, Inc. The survey, which was conducted among 437 Gartner Research Circle Members in June 2015, included global organizations across all industries, both Gartner clients and nonclients.


John McAfee: “Antivirus is dead”

John McAfee, the outspoken ex-CEO of McAfee antivirus, was on Reddit today answering questions in /r/netsec. The usually slightly off-kilter man was far more coherent than he normally appears online (NSFW link), giving an interesting range of answers to security issues in Tech. One user asked what went wrong with McAfee after he left the company.

The Secret Technique for Learning How to Code

“You don’t need to go to grad school. Save your money. I’ll teach you how to code.” Seven years ago, in a bar near downtown Los Angeles, I was sharing a drink with a new friend. We had met on a travel website and he had just finished giving me some excellent advice about Southeast Asia, where I was heading for a month. He’d asked me what I was planning on doing when I got back. I told him I was moving to Chicago for my master’s degree. He told me I was crazy.

Kill The Password

There are a myriad of problems with the password in the modern computing context. We are no longer signing onto a single mainframe. We have multiple applications in use across various platforms. That means we are forced to remember far too many passwords. This causes people to use silly ones like 1234 or the same password across multiple sites, not even attempting to be secure.

Legendary Productivity And The Fear Of Modern Programming

JavaScript master Douglas Crockford once said that software is the most complex thing that humans have ever created. It’s made up of intricate bits and bytes pieced together like virtual puzzles. The greatest programming minds are capable of using software to multiply massive integers that are bigger than the universe.

Why Every Sysadmin Needs To Be Linux Certified

In IT, there was a time when it was enough to show a hiring manager that you knew your way around a network – that you had the requisite knowledge to be an administrator. That is no longer the case. Certifications are now more important than ever, both to the hiring process and the workplace.

Small Business and Startup

What’s Driving VC Firms to Take Bigger Risks

A flood of capital is driving up valuations for seed-stage companies, pushing even responsible-sounding venture capitalists to take Bigger Risks. In his candid September investor update, Jerry Neumann of New York’s Neu Venture Capital notes that it has gotten tougher for seed-stage firms like his because startup valuations are swiftly rising, the competition is fiercer and early-stage venture-capital firms aren’t sharing as many deals.

12 Steps to Go From Employee to Entrepreneur

If you’re fed up with your job, it may seem like there are only two steps to becoming an entrepreneur. The first is to quit your job, and the next step is to start a company. While it is possible to transition successfully from employee to entrepreneur, it’s a little more complex than that.

General Tech

What will the privacy and security landscape look like in 2025?

Facebook turned 10 last year and in the intervening years has prompted countless debates over privacy. Two years ago, the debate focused on government surveillance following the Snowden leaks, while in August we saw concern over the minutiae of Windows 10 privacy settings.

How People Explained Technology, 2003 Edition

It’s weirdly easier to remember long-abandoned technological habits—like recording a television show to VHS, or that thing where you untangle a landline to let the handset dangle from its cord and spin—than it is to recall how people talked about tech a decade ago.

The 8 most expensive PCs in computing history

We all like to complain about our computers and devices. It’s our inalienable right as 21st-century digital age consumers. In fact, a case can be made that it’s become something of a national pastime.

A Map of Every Device in the World That’s Connected to the Internet

Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.

And To End On A Fun Note

Who’s excited for Star Wars?

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